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M-Audio Axiom 25 Keyboard MIDI Controller

25-key velocity-sensitive semi-weighted action keyboard with assignable aftertouch. (47) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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M-Audio Axiom 25 Keyboard Controller

We sure have come a long way from four-track tape machines. Most laptops sold today ship with sophisticated multi-track recording software built right in, and even most of those free programs come complete with built-in synthesizers, drum machines, and mixing capabilities. Spend a little time working with one of these recording programs, and you'll quickly realize that your basic mouse-and-keyboard setup isn't letting you get the most out of your software. Time to upgrade with the M-Audio Axiom 25. It's a responsive musical keyboard, drum pad controller, and tactile recording console all in one, and thanks to USB, it's as easy to setup as plug-and-play.

Get In Touch With Your Recordings
With its wealth of knobs and buttons, the multi-faceted Axiom 25 lets you do away with your mouse almost completely. The transport section puts the most common functions--play, record, stop fast forward, rewind--at your fingertips for instant access. With these controls so close to the keyboard, you won't have to readjust your brain or your sitting position to capture your best performance. Additionally, using the soft, rubberized transport buttons to control frequent repeated actions instead of the mouse helps cut down on the risk of repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition to transport controls, the Axiom 25 provides you with eight rotary controllers. These "infinite" rotation knobs can be assigned to control just about anything you see on screen, from volume and panning functions to plug-in parameters like resonance and filter cutoff.

No-Compromise Keys And Pads
More than just a control surface, it'd be more accurate to call the Axiom 25 a "control instrument." The 25 full-sized, waterfall-style keys are ample and responsive. The keys offer just enough resistance for musical-feeling action, and are velocity sensitive for expressive, dynamic performance. You won't feel like you're controlling your computer because you'll be playing it like an instrument, and you'll notice the difference in your music right away. In addition to velocity sensitivity, the Axiom's keys feature aftertouch, a feature not found on most keyboards under $1000. Aftertouch adds an additional level of playability to the Axiom: once a key is struck, it can be held for sustained notes, but press even harder, and you can effect an extra layer of control. Make strings go from simple sustain to vibrato, activate additional filters on a synth patch, give any instrument a little gain boost after the initial note attack. . . the possibilities are near endless. As if that weren't enough, the Axiom 25 provides you with eight rubberized drum trigger pads, perfect for programming beats, or just thinking about basslines in a different way. It's a whole studio's worth of musical gadgetry in a lightweight, compact, and dare we say handsome USB controller.

Use It With Standalone Synth Modules, Too!
because the Axiom 25 has real MIDI in and out ports, you don't even need a computer to enjoy its expressive keys. Just route it into a hardware synthesizer module and you're off and running. While most common functions will auto-map to your sound modules (pitch bend, modulation), Axiom keyboards also let you get deep into MIDI programming geekery. Preset editing tasks are made easier thanks to the generous--and brightly back-lit--LCD display, and clearly labeled programming buttons make advanced functions easily accessible. The M-Audio Axiom 25 lets you get as deep as you want into your music.

You use your mouse and keyboard for emails, spreadsheets, accounting. . you know, work. Treat your music like the art form it is with the M-Audio Axiom 25 Keyboard Controller.

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PC Requirements
Available USB Port
DirectX 9.0b or higher
Windows XP (SP2) or higher
Windows 98, Me, NT, or 2000 not supported

Macintosh Requirements
Native USB Port
Mac OS X 10.3.9 w/ 256 MB RAM, OS X 10.4.2 or greater w/ 512 MB RAM

Power Supply
If you are using your Axiom with a computer via its USB port, there is no need for an external power supply.Your Axiom will draw its power from the computer.
However, if you are intending to use your Axiom without connecting to a computer's USB port, then you will need to use an external power supply.
No power supply is included in the box, so please select one that meets the following requirements:

12V DC
250mA - 300mA
Center positive
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765

M-Audio Axiom 25 Keyboard Controller

Get Into the Action
The Axiom series of mobile USB MIDI controllers has everything it takes to get the most from your MIDI software and hardware. Semi-weighted action complete with aftertouch gives you great feel and expression for both synth parts and pianistic passages. Eight rubberized trigger pads put your drums at your fingertips for programming with feel-or easy fire samples or visual effects.

Total MIDI Control
Assign the eight rotary encoders to mixer controls like panning and effects sends, or to any synth parameters you want to control. Map the nine sliders to software mixer faders or drawbars on your virtual organ. 15 buttons*, pitch and mod wheels, and sustain and expression pedal jacks round out a tour de force of MIDI domination. Assigning controllers is simple, yet has the power to let you delve as deep as you want. Each controller can map to just about any applicable parameter in the MIDI spec, including independent channel addressing for each. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
* six buttons on the Axiom 25

Intuitive Front-Panel Programming
M-Audio Axiom MIDI controllers all feature a large backlit LCD screen for visual feedback-and the 61-key and 49-key models also place a 10-key pad right on the front panel for direct, intuitive programming. You'll also find 9 dedicated front-panel function buttons to easily access common operations like preset / program change or MIDI channel +/-, octave +/-, and transpose +/-. Use the Controller Mute button to prevent parameters from jumping when you change them, for example, then press Snapshot to transmit all current settings. 20 non-volatile memory locations instantly save and recall your favorite presets-and you can manage an entire preset library on your computer via SysEx dumps and the free Enigma software editor/librarian for PC and Mac.

Mobile Operation
The Axiom series is extremely compact and lightweight and all models are powered directly from your computer's USB bus. Choose the size that's best for your needs, then take your music anywhere you want to go.
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"Excellent value..."
Feature: The endless encoders have many different modes - which will help w/ mapping to different programs. The keys feel wonderful (semi-weighted). The drum pads are similar to the trigger finger, and aren't the best - but are still very functional. Ease of Use: The Enigma software can have a learning curve. Also, the 25-key axiom unit has less function buttons than that of it's larger brothers, so many buttons are multi-function. This can be difficult at times. Quality: Very well constructed. Large keyboard, heavy build. I could probably throw it down a flight of stairs and it would still work fine. Value: I purchased mine used for less than $100, so it was a really excellent value for me. Even so, I would pay full price for it any time. Overall: I would recommend this keyboard, or any of the larger models. Buy it.
Style of Music: Electronic
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Sound: no problem, everything sounds Feature: well, i actually wanted to get a keyboard and padset, coz wasnt sure, wheter these pads are usefull. actually not too much so far. it's still more productive to write drums graphically. continious knobs are with clicks, rather too hard to forget, and this sucks (i tried it before, no surprise here) and they never work in app without tuning first. display is beauty, but i would prefer 7 leds for octave shift. not used aftertouch so far. Ease of Use: ease of use is ok, but, all the advanced setting are so complicated to even understand that i'll beter be writing music with base functionality, than read manaual for hours and trying to get this it do smthg extra. The enigma software is a peace of code made in late 80's apparently, and hardly helps to simplify anything. jeez. Quality: well, this is my first midi control ever, and it looks good, feels good, works as expected. i actually tried other keyboard kontrollers in range 100-400 and apart from novation x-something (kbd + analog synth, really kewl unit), so apart - the axiom is my choice. may be black keys are overdamped a little, but i dont care. Value: i think value is ok. i payd aboud $240 its ok for europe. may be instead of ableton le i would prefer any ineresting vsti or drum smaple lib or discount offer. i dont mean ableton is not worth a penny, it's just wrong idea imho to switch host sequensor with new controller. Manufacturer Support: do not trust in support, only in money back. never used for axiom. The Wow Factor: the unit looks ok, its lacks dimonds aroud screen, however. what i like most is a blue light behind finctional buttons when activated. the buttons are useless, but the light isnt. Overall: i like it.
Style of Music: neurofunk probably
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